Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Salomón Huerta at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Salomón Huerta

May 10 - June 28, 2014

The power of images cannot never be underestimated. Pictures have an allure that both reveals and attracts the viewer to its subject matter. In the recent work by Solomon Huerta at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Huerta departs from his earlier work of anonymous portraits of men, to more tangible, recognizable subject matter. The subjects include Buddhas, boxers, flowers, a gun, and a beautiful woman named Brenda. Each image has an allure that brings the viewer into the world of the artist.

Huerta wants the viewer to experience opposites and compliments. There are things and people who are desired because they both compliment and oppose each other. Among Huerta's paintings, there is a strange dichotomy where the violent and the beautiful live beside each another, the sacred and the profane. It is a Yin and Yang that exists within the works. There is the feminine and masculine with the portraits of Brenda as the feminine and the boxer as the masculine. The violent (painting of the gun, "The Grey Gesture") resides along with "Lavender" (a painting of the Buddha statute in the garden) as a symbol of beauty and peace. The themes of identity and irony linger in the final analysis of Huerta's recent work. These paintings offer the viewer a meditation of ideas that both attract and oppose each other. Huerta is inviting the viewer to ponder the condition of life and how life itself is both ironic and conflicted.    

Salomón Huerta (Tijuana, Mexico, 1965) lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, and exhibitions at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, and a solo exhibition of his paintings at Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX. Huerta's paintings are in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, among others.
Christopher Grimes Gallery
916 Colorado Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401 USA
phone 310.587.3373
fax 310.587.3383
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5:30

Deep Maroon
2013, oil on canvas on panel, 33-1/8 x 31-1/2 inches, 84.1 x 80 cm,

Brenda with Flowers
2014, oil on canvas on panel, 34 x 22 x 1 inches, 86.36 x 55.88 x 1 cm

2014, oil on panel, 46 x 30 x 1-1/8 inches, 116.8 x 76.2 x 2.2 cm

Brenda Portrait
2014, oil on canvas on panel, 14 x 12 x 3/4 inches, 35.56 x 30.48 x 2.54 cm

Purple, Brown with Green
2013, oil on canvas on panel, 48 x 33 inches, 122 x 84 cm,

Untitled (flowers)
2014, oil on canvas on panel, 21 x 17 x 1 inches, 53.34 x 43.18 x 2.54 cm

2013, oil on canvas on panel, 62 x 44 x 1-1/2 inches, 157.5 x 111.8 x 1.3 cm,

2013, oil on canvas on panel, 26-7/8 x 18-1/8 inches, 68.3 x 46 cm

2013, oil on canvas on panel, 65 x 43 inches, 165.1 x 109.2 cm

Blue Eye Shadow
2013, oil on panel, 18-3/8 x 15-3/8 x 1 inches, 46.7 x 39.1 x 2.54 cm 

2013, oil on canvas on panel, 26-1/2 x 22-5/8 inches, 67.3 x 57.5 cm

Blue, Green with Red
2014, oil on canvas on panel, 12 x 14 x 3/4 inches, 30.48 x 35.56 x 2.54 cm

Gray Gesture
2014, oil on canvas on panel, 8-1/2 x 11 x 3/4 inches, 20.62 x 27.94 x 2.54 cm

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